With the financial support of the Department of Secondary and Higher Education, Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India, The Poetry Society (India) presents the poems on values which we consider are important. In the first selection, poems written in fifteen Indian languages including English have been selected by well-known poets who form part of the following Selection Committee:
Shri M.K. Kaw
Normally people do not look at things as poets do but the observations of poets generally conform to universal human values. Values uphold a specific mode of conduct over a period of time and shape the society. There are always new values being adopted and they replace or supplement the old values. However, in today's world we find that the old sterling values are sacrificed at the alter of such values that help only an individual or a group and not the society in general.
We feel that universal human values should form the basic norms that guide human conduct. These values should be inculcated in one's life at an early age for their continued influence on the person. What are these values? We encountered differnet sets of calues in different societies but the most acceptable ones include truth, righteous conduct, peace, love and non-violence. Each of these values is further sub-divided to amplify their scope.
When we talk of induction of values at an early age, we think of children, the future of every society. Children tend to be more influenced by the environment in the homes than by the environment in the schools or outside, though each component has a quota of influence on children. At home religious values make an impact on the child if the family is religious. If it is a literate family and more interested in scientific and cultural values, the children imbibe those values. But in the contemporary context, when families are broken into single units, children normally do not get training in religious, scientific and cultural values. What is more, we find, there is no scope for a child to be creative. He has to compete to get very high marks for further education or to get into service. As a result many children get disorientated.